The Chess Digest; Containing the Opening Moves of Over Fifteen thousand Games ... 1850-1902

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Author: Morgan, Mordecai (1862-1931)

Year: 1901-1905

Publisher: Patterson & White Co

Place: Philadelphia


4 volumes: Volume I: 472 pages with diagrams, tables and appendix; Volume II: 446 pages with tables and diagrams; Volume III 518 pages with diagrams and tables; Volume IV: 693 pages with frontispiece, diagrams, tables, appendix and index. Quarto (11" x 7 3/4") bound in original publisher's red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and gilt lettering to cover with pictorial chess board in gilt. (Betts: 49-51) First edition.

Volume 1 published in 1901; volume 2 published in 1902; volume 3 published in 1903. Volume 4 published in 1905. An encyclopaedia of opening practices in tabulated form. Volume one covers the Ruy Lopez, Three and Four Knights' Games, Giuoco Piano, Scotch Gambit, and Two Knights' Defence. Volume two covers Evans Gambit, Ponziani, Petroff's Defence, Philidor's Defence, and King's Gambits. Volume three covers Centre Gambit, Centre Counter Defence, French Defence, various queen's pawn openings and others. Volumes include illustrative games. The variations themselves are often taken well into the middle-game, with the whole game shown in many instances. The sources of all games are given; also bibliographical references to the major publications so that the reader is able to pursue these to obtain commentaries on the games. Judgments on the positions reached in each variation are not given.


Corners bumped, extremities rubbed. Dundee Chess Club Stamp on title, volume two and three front inner hinge beginning, slightly shaken, volume four front inner hinge cracked with first gathering detached and fraying of cloth to spine heal, book plate on front paste down, volume 3 front signature loose else a good to very good copy of a scare set. Due to the size and/or weight of this lot extra shipping and/or handling charges may apply.